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Old 04-14-2015, 10:45 AM   #1
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Percy Sledge Passes Away at 74

Percy Sledge, who sang 'When A Man Loves a Woman,' dies

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman," has died. He was 74.
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Coroner Dr. William "Beau" Clark confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge died early Tuesday morning.
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What a talent, what a loss.

74 seems so young, just 8 years older than me right now. I read on Wikipedia that he died of liver cancer, a dreadful condition that ends so many lives.
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The origin tales for this song are among the best ever:

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Sledge was an orderly at Colbert County (Alabama) Hospital in the daytime and sang with a local band, The Esquires Combo, at night. As Sledge tells it, one night while performing with The Esquires Combo, he was upset about a woman - a broken relationship - so upset that he couldn't concentrate on the music he was supposed to sing. He was so overcome with emotion as the group started their set in a Sheffield, Alabama club, that he turned to his bass player Calvin Lewis and organ player Andrew Wright and asked them if they could play a slow blues backing - any key, their choice - to which he could sing. After a quick conference (one source indicated that the "conference" consisted of glances and shrugs), the band started to play and Sledge vented in song for about 6 minutes.
So the ad lib lament was heard by a would-be producer in the audience, who signed the band, and they had to go into a studio to try to recreate what they had improvised. Percy gave song writing credit to the backing musicians, and the song went on to earn them millions.

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That is possibly the most perfect dance date music ever written . A man could be cross-eyed and have a broken leg, but if he and a woman dance to this song it is clear sailing for romance that night.

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Soulful.
The tribute is not complete without some music.


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That is possibly the most perfect dance date music ever written . A man could be cross-eyed and have a broken leg, but if he and a woman dance to this song it is clear sailing for romance that night.

Ha.
I always find it interesting that this song just makes women melt, as you say. Basically, the lyrics say that a woman can treat a man bad, and like a fool, he just comes back for more. Hmmm, maybe that is why women like it?

some of the lines...
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If she is bad, he can't see it, she can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend if he put her down

When a man loves
a woman, spend his very last dime
Tryin' to hold on to what he needs
He'd give up all his comforts, sleep out in the rain
If she said that's the way it ought to be

...
Baby, please don't treat me bad

When a man loves a woman, down deep in his soul
She can bring him such misery
If she plays him for a fool, he's the last one to know
Lovin' eyes can't ever see

....
The other one (I've mentioned in some other thread), is the Eric Clapton 'Wonderful Tonight", which basically says he shows off his trophy wife/gf at a party, gets drunk, she has to drive home, he's too drunk to get himself into bed or make love, but she was 'wonderful' for taking care of this slob.

How romantic!

edit/add: Wow, I didn't realize the chord pattern in almost identical to Whiter Shade of Pale - another classic, but doesn't seem to affect the ladies in the same way.

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I always find it interesting that this song just makes women melt, as you say. Basically, the lyrics say that a woman can treat a man bad, and like a fool, he just comes back for more. Hmmm, maybe that is why women like it?

some of the lines...


The other one (I've mentioned in some other thread), is the Eric Clapton 'Wonderful Tonight", which basically says he shows off his trophy wife/gf at a party, gets drunk, she has to drive home, he's too drunk to get himself into bed or make love, but she was 'wonderful' for taking care of this slob.

How romantic!

edit/add: Wow, I didn't realize the chord pattern in almost identical to Whiter Shade of Pale - another classic, but doesn't seem to affect the ladies in the same way.

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In the case of the Percy Sledge song, the effect is also from the insistent rhythm. One thing I know from a long life, women aren't telling us the truth about themselves, most of the time.


More on the theme of mean hearted women and the oh so romantic suffrering that they inflict:

Love Me
Song by Elvis Presley
Treat me like a fool,
Treat me mean and cruel,
But love me.
Wring my faithful heart,
Tear it all apart,
But love me.
If you ever go,
Darling, I'll be oh so lonely
I'll be sad and blue,
Crying over you, dear only.
etc.!


A woman would think you were nuts and quickly kick you to curb should you submit to any of this, but imagining that you might can really turns them on!

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I live 6 miles down the road from where Percy Sledge grew up. In my eyes, he was somewhat of a one hit wonder--When a Man Loves a Woman.

I preferred many other artists of the same era that recorded their biggest hits in Muscle Shoals like Arthur Alexander, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Lynard Skynard, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Cher, The Rolling Stones, Bob Segar.

The session musicians and engineers are still living and recording here. You wouldn't believe the quality of our local music shows, even now.
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I live 6 miles down the road from where Percy Sledge grew up. In my eyes, he was somewhat of a one hit wonder--When a Man Loves a Woman.

I preferred many other artists of the same era that recorded their biggest hits in Muscle Shoals like Arthur Alexander, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Lynard Skynard, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Cher, The Rolling Stones, Bob Segar.

The session musicians and engineers are still living and recording here. You wouldn't believe the quality of our local music shows, even now.
Have you seen the documentary, 'Muscle Shoals'? I thought it was fascinating (saw it on netflix). One part in particular, where they are working on "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", and it just isn't coming together, until the piano player hits that opening rhythm/riff ... daaaah, dah-da-da-da-daaaah.. 'you're no good - dah-da-da-da-daaaah... - heart-breaker', and they had a hit.

Muscle Shoals - Rotten Tomatoes


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In the case of the Percy Sledge song, the effect is also from the insistent rhythm. ...
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Yes, that rhythm, and the opening line is just so pleading and emotional, 'When a maaa-an, l-o-ves a woman...', it grabs you before any of the other lyrics take hold.

Great song, great singer.

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And, from the opposite point of view:


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